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Get Your Money!

Get Your Money!

Fact: Satan will attack your financial situation, and the world’s economic system is designed to keep you in lack.

Truth:  Wealth is your right, because God promised it, and He is faithful to His Word.  Debt, foreclosures and bad credit does not define you.  Learn from those lessons and keep your faith!

Christians’ earthly lives should reflect everything that happens in heaven.  Since wealth is in heaven, it should be evident in your life too.  The Lord created wealth for you to help advance the work of His kingdom, live well and bless others.  It is His heart’s desire for you—you to be wealthy.

Change Your Mind

The beliefs of the old church preach that wealth is evil. Money isn’t bad; in fact, it answers all earthly things (Ecclesiastes 10:19).  As a Christian, you are in the world—the earth—but not of it.  Money is a requirement for you to function properly on the earth.  Just maintain a kingdom mindset about its purpose.  Your wealth wrecks the plan of the devil.  He knows that if all Christians had financial prosperity, they would finance God’s work of missions, help the poor and evangelize the Word of God.  Did you know that Jesus received riches?  Since He is the Son of God, and you are a son (or daughter) of God too, you have the same inheritance (Revelation 5:12).  The Lord has already given you everything you need to be successful and prosperous.  However, the manifestation of your blessing depends on your faith.  Begin to confess that wealth is all around you.

Kingdom Math

God’s Instruction + Your Faith and Uniqueness + A Dedicated Container + God’s Anointing = Wealth

In the kingdom of God, you have to give to gain.  There’s no way around it.  When you concern yourself with the work of the Lord, He will make sure that you are well provided for.  Remain in His will because He blesses those who carry out His purpose.  Also, stop being stingy.  Plant your financial seeds in rich soil by giving to the poor, blessing men and women of God and partnering with other kingdom minded ministries.  Don’t forget to tip people for their professional services.  That is a form of giving too.

Everybody has seed to give.  Whenever you get money, be sure to set some aside for the Lord.  And if you don’t have cash, give what you have.  You can help someone by preparing a meal for them, or take someone on errands who is without transportation.  It takes faith to be generous, but God promises that His floodgates will open for you when you give.

You Have the Money, Now What?

Sometimes, the Lord will bless you with large sums of money.  When that happens, be sure to give your tithe first, then put the rest away and wait for His instructions.  Don’t abuse your seed with poor money management (unnecessary spending) or unhealthy practices (drugs, gambling etc.).  Those are called seed abusing habits.

Smile, because wealth increases your health (Deuteronomy 8:18)!  A joyful relief comes when you owe no man (money).  It’s a good feeling to have abundance and not “just enough.”  By the way, the purpose of abundance is for it to be given away.  In abundance, you have everything you need, now you can bless someone else.  Remember as long as you keep planting, you’ll keep sowing.

Never put limits on God.  Wealth is all around you.

Love, Pastor Joyce

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Faith Strategies

Prepare for Battle
Deuteronomy 20:1-4, The Message Bible
When you go to war against your enemy and see horses and chariots and soldiers far outnumbering you, do not recoil in fear of them; God, your God, who brought you up out of Egypt is with you. When the battle is about to begin, let the priest come forward and speak to the troops. He’ll say, “Attention, Israel. In a few minutes you’re going to do battle with your enemies. Don’t waver in resolve. Don’t fear. Don’t hesitate. Don’t panic. God, your God, is right there with you, fighting with you against your enemies, fighting to win.

Find Peace in the War
God’s strategies for war are based on His wisdom, and they are designed for you to apply them in your life. Remember that faith strategies are only revealed to those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 (The Amplified Bible) says, “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].

Another strategy Christians can use for war is the peace of God. When you think peace, images of serenity and calm come to mind. Most people would not link peace with war, but that is exactly what the Father wants you to do. Remember His ways are not the world’s ways, so in the midst of a battle (spiritual, physical or emotional), you should be at peace. You experiencing the peace of God confirms that you have put your complete trust in Him. Peace in war is possible because Jesus said so. In John 16:33 (The Amplified Bible) Jesus said that, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] John 16:33 (The Amplified Bible).

Previously, we talked about practical war strategies which were based on our character and relationships. We also discussed spiritual strategies that included: consistently studying the Word, walking in faith, making godly confessions daily, as well as being mindful of who/what you listen to and watch. So, the peace of God could be considered a spiritual strategy because it can only be experienced through total trust in Him. He will instruct you on what to do or say. His words are true and will lead you to a place of harmony that is beyond human explanation.

Be Calm in the Battle
You can experience what I like to call “Jesus Peace”. The peace of God is the ultimate blockage strategy. You have to meditate on the Word of God not the problem. The problem is merely a distraction to get your focus off of the Lord. But when you study His Word, you will always have the correct response and reaction for the devil.

97Oh, how love I Your law! It is my meditation all the day. 98You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies, for [Your words] are ever before me. 99I have better understanding and deeper insight than all my teachers, because Your testimonies are my meditation. 100I understand more than the aged, because I keep Your precepts [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them]. (Psalm 119:97-100, The Amplified Bible).

Below is a comprehensive list of more spiritual war strategies that you can apply to your life. Remember that the enemy is coming and when he does, you won’t have time to do anything but act (or speak). Your objective is to respond based off of the Word of God and nothing else. Remember Deuteronomy 20:1-4. You can completely trust the Lord, experience His peace and win the battle. It’s all according to your faith.

Secret Entail Strategy
This is a secret word from God. When you make time to sit down to pray and hear His Word, He will speak to you (Mark 1:35).

Strategy Development
You will worry less if you get insight on what you are going through. When you are facing a challenge, don’t make up your mind first then ask God about it. Seek godly spiritual counsel.

Capture & Arrest
Never accept thoughts outside of the will of God. Reject thoughts of sickness, death, defeat, and debt. Instead, only let what God has said about the situation fill your mind and heart. Remember that we tend to speak what we have filled our minds with (2 Corinthians 10:4).

Verify the Message
In the midst of a war (spiritual, physical or emotional), you need to check every message you hear with the Word of God. If that message does not line up, replace it with a scripture on that particular situation.

Do Not Harbor
Don’t allow negative emotions to say too long in your life. God’s will is not for you to live in grief or other ill feelings.

Control Communication
Be mindful of everything you say and listen too. Words are seeds. Whatever you (and the people around you say) will eventually grow into a harvest.

Enlist New Recruits
Make it a habit of reaching people for Christ. People who are unsaved are fighting a losing battle because they may not even know they have an enemy nor how to fight him (Matthew 5:16).

Secure Communications
Be sure to establish a prayer life. Prayer is open conversation with the Lord. Both of you talk and listen to one another. When you pray, the Lord will reveal secrets to you.

Remember the Chain of Command
Life can get busy with family, work, and relationships. Know that God has a divine order for everything, and your life should line up with it.
1. God
2. Mate
3. Children
4. Work
5. Family
6. Friends
7. Recreation

Release Prisoners of War
Forgive your enemies. Un-forgiveness binds you and them. Free yourself, and let them go.

Remain Focused on the Assignment
Don’t get entangled in other people’s drama; it’s a distraction.

Know Your Purpose
Stay committed to fulfilling your purpose because the Lord is going to judge how well you completed it.

Obtain the General Mission
People are waiting on your obedience. When you obey the Lord, it blesses other people around you (Jeremiah 1:5).

Remain with the Platoon
Don’t let any offense pull you out of church. Sometimes, you may have to be on the front line of war. Don’t be afraid because you have been selected. Remember Deuteronomy 20:1-4. Don’t ever forget who your God is, remember what He said He would do, and know that His Word never changes.

Love,
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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The God Series

The God Series Part 1 By Dr. Joyce Oliver

Learning How to be like God and Understanding Your True Identity In Him

When we got saved, we became like God, our Father. When we understand who we are, we should live like it and treat other people like it.

Love Like a God
Love is your choice, and no one can take it from you. For example, God chose to love you; He sacrificed His Son, Jesus, because He wanted to. He chose to love us in spite of our sin. No one can make you not love them. In the world, men and women pay for love by works, but God’s love is free; it can’t be purchased. When you stop loving someone, your power to be like God is diminished. Remember He loves people in spite of what they do or don’t do.

John 13:34 (The Message Bible)
“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another.”

1 John 4-7 provides a true definition God. The Lord sent Jesus so that we may love and live through Him. His love healed the whole world. If we use our love the way He indented, we can heal people, too! Did you know that most sickness is rooted in a lack of love? When babies are born, their health is directly affected by their mother’s loving touch or lack of. Now, it takes faith to love human beings, but as Christians, we can love people in spite of how difficult or unlovable they seem to be.

Romans 8:35 (The Message Bible)
35 Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:

Love is your choice.
Jesus’ power to conquer came through His love. Love is not earned. It is being honest even when the truth hurts. Love is not giving only gifts; it’s not about materialism. Love listens. It obeys God in spite of pleasing others. Love is checking on people and not ignoring, neglecting, or abusing them. Christians should love freely with all people, and love people when they don’t have the “look”. Just because a person doesn’t fit on the fashion model runway, that has nothing to do with their heart, talent, or potential. Never disrespect people (as if to act) like God is not in them.

We should love everyone that is in our access. Jesus talked about this in His story about the Good Samaritan. As people are brought in your life, deal with them, you were assigned to love them. This includes family, coworkers, neighbors, and even those random talkative strangers you run into at the grocery store. Now as we choose to love people, we should certainly do it in the wisdom of the Lord. You have the ability to love everyone, but there will be some people in your life that you may have to love from a distance. We cannot force ourselves on anyone, so if circumstances require you to have distance from a person, that’s okay. In your heart and in your confession, you can still display the love of God.

Who Should We Love?
• God
• Matthew 22:37 (The Message Bible)
37 Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.”
• The house of God
• The family of God
• Our Neighbors
• Our Mates
Ephesians 5:25-29 (The Message Bible)
25 Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church – a love marked by giving, not getting. 26 Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, 27 dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. 28 And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor – since they’re already “one” in marriage. 29 No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it. That’s how Christ treats us, the church…..

As you should love and be devoted to your spouse, this does not mean that you should love him or her into sin. For example, if your spouse is against you going to church, or tithing, as a Christian, you are expected to obey the Bible. Even if your spouse is asking you to do something contradictory to the scriptures, you still should obey the Lord.

The Unspoken Culture of Infidelity
In talking about the love of God, here is one area in marriage that I cannot ignore. There is a problem of Christian men who cheat on their wives. I call it the “spare tire theory”. The world has taught men that it is okay to have a spare woman on the side in addition to being married. Having a spare woman on the side, is not based on God’s love. In fact, it is selfish, and it is human idolatry. When a husband enters into an adulterous relationship, his wife becomes insecure. She feels the shift in her husband’s emotional focus. Unfortunately, this theory has crept into the hearts of many Christian men. The way of the world is not for you, man of God. You belong to the Lord Almighty. On the other hand, wives should not give their husbands a reason to cheat (for example, by lack of love). To sum up my point, in the midst of marital crisis, husbands and wives have the ability and choice to love one another.

1 Corinthians 13:1 (The Message Bible)
1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

Luke 6:32-36 (The Message Bible)
32 If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. 33 If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. 34 If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that’s charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that. 35 “I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never – I promise – regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. 36 Our Father is kind; you be kind.

The Many Definitions of Love
Love requires work. It’s giving of yourself. It is protection and forgiveness. Love is sacrifice and investment. It’s accepting people for who they are and letting them be free. Love is honor and respecting a person’s God given authority. It is service and building each other up. It’s showing compassion. Remember to love the middle people, the forgotten people, and the poor. Love the elderly, the weak, and those who can’t give you anything. Love is your choice.

Love,
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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